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The best of Saturday's practice availability:

Other than Spurs coach Gregg Popovich telling a reporter, "Your question demands my triteness," here's the best of Saturday's interview sessions with players and coaches:

Erik Spoelstra on preparation for Sunday's Game 5:

“We want to make sure that we're continuing to get better, and hopefully tomorrow we can have our best game of the series. That's what our focus is for the next 24 hours. It's not about anything else. It's not about trying to win the next two out of three, getting ahead of ourselves or anything else. It's can we play our best game of the series tomorrow.”

Dwyane Wade on math:

“If we don't [win] two, we won't win a championship. I wasn't that smart in school, but I do know that. The numbers don't add up. We have to find a way to put a string together. And hopefully our mentality and our play in Game 4 can take over to the next game or into the game after that.”

Wade on his new approach to dealing with his injury. Play more minutes, of course: 

“Even when I had four fouls in the third, [Spoelstra] put me back in at the end of the third. I know he didn't want to. I would rather play with fouls than play stiff out there. So he put me back in at the end of the third, and I was able to still be in it. My body was still warm, and still keep playing.”

Wade on Game 5 against the Mavericks and 2011 and the difference between between then and now: 

“I mean, 2011, we had opportunities in that game to win it,” Wade said. “And we just we didn't. We didn't. Down the stretch we couldn't pull it out. We had a lead in the fourth quarter, but they executed better than we did. They made big shots, and we wasn't able to win that ballgame.

“So obviously it's a different year, it's a different team, but we come in with the same challenge. And hopefully we've grown from that, and if we get in that situation, we're better prepared and we give ourselves a better chance to win this time in Game 5 than we did two years ago.”

LeBron James on winning back-to-back games: 

I think it's time. I think we're well overdue when it's time for us to win consecutive games. I think we're at 11 or 12 straight consecutive win‑loss, win‑loss, win‑loss. I think it's time. Enough is enough for our team. I'm not saying it's going to result in us having a win, but we need to play with the same sense of urgency as if we were down 2‑1 or whatever the case may be tomorrow night. And we can't wait around. 

LeBron on why he's so confident these days: 

"I mean, I think it's just maturity, and if I'm going to be the leader of a team, then I have to be that way.  If the guys are going to believe in me, I can't have doubt.  I can't be unsure about things.  I have to be fully confident, confident in my ability and confident in my teammates and go out there and do it. 
"So I got that not only from myself but my teammates have given me the keys and say, hey, we look to you to lead us.  Now it's up to you to go do it." 

LeBron on being the best:

"Let me put it this way:  We don't make it to Dallas, we don't make it to OKC and we don't make it here if I don't play the way I play.  It's that simple.  My game doesn't change no matter who I'm playing.  I know I'm an attack player.  I also do multiple things.  I get my teammates involved, I rebound, I defend.  I don't have three straight trips to The Finals if I don't do what I do.  It is what it is."

Mike Miller on the Spurs making adjustments to the Heat's smaller starting lineup: 

Listen, this isn't Pop's first rodeo. He's going to make the adjustments he feels he needs to make. If he goes big or small, right now it's a slight chess match, but at the same time, when the ball tips it's all about the effort on the court, executing and making plays.

Udonis Haslem on Game 5:

"Both teams got to play with a sense of desperation, I think.  Nobody can go out there and really take it easy.  I think both teams have to play like it's Game 7, in my opinion.  Every game from here on out has to be played like a Game 7 intensity‑wise."

Tim Duncan on Game 5:

“It is a must‑win. We don't want to go back down there down a game with two games remaining at their house. It is a must‑win situation. Obviously we lose this game, we're not giving up or anything, but we want to go back up with a chance to finish there. Huge pressure if we have to go back there and try to win two.”

Tony Parker on the plan to not make any defensive adjustments for Game 5: 

“You can't stop everything. If they make shots and they play like they did in Game 4, it's going to be hard and we're going to have to be even more perfect.”

Parker on the biggest difference between Wade in Game 4 compared to Games 1, 2 and 3: 

“He just made shots. He just made shots. He was not shooting the ball well the whole playoffs, and this game he made shots. Give him credit. He's always going to penetrate and get points in the paint, but the biggest difference is he made his outside shots.”

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Come to play....... Stay aggressive..... Sense of urgency...... 2nite......

Defense first..... Attack.....

Let's go...... 007...

Happy Father's Day to all....

Heat in 6! Told you all from the beginning! Thank me later! Especially you Black!

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